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Great Lakes A School Q&A


Great Lakes A School Q&A

The purpose of this group is to allow family of new sailors assigned to school at Training Support Center Great Lakes a chance to voice questions to a Student Division Commander

Location: Great Lakes, IL
Members: 2028
Latest Activity: on Tuesday

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what to bring

Started by Lorie. Last reply by Bobbie on Tuesday. 3 Replies

Hotels on base

Started by Tara22. Last reply by Pollux Sep 6. 6 Replies

After PIR Liberties

Started by KP's Mom. Last reply by Pollux Aug 27. 13 Replies

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Comment by GRU took darsatm ⚓ on Tuesday

Crystal, if you can't get any info from his father then perhaps you could contact his recruiter who might be able to get u some info or at least his rate=job which would help us to be able to help you...

Comment by Anti M on Monday

Crystal, do you know what rating he will be?  What job he signed a contract for?  There are a couple answers which involve differing amounts of time at Great Lakes.  Do you know if he is going to more schooling in San Diego, or if that will be his duty station?  Sorry, there isn't enough info to give an estimate.  

Comment by Lorena on Monday

Hi Crystal,

It all depends on his rating, my son spent 90 days (excluding holidays and weekends) on A School before heading to Norfolk, Va.... Take care!!

Comment by Crystal proud Navy mom14 on Monday
Yes so how soon do they go to A school? My son just graduated from be on Friday sept 12. Only talk to him for like 5 mins. He said he will be going across the street from where he was for bc. Then after that he will go to San Diego. So how long does all this take? I don't have no information his division or anything. My sailor never gave me anything his dad that he lived with got all that. He never gave me it either. I didn't get that change to see my son off at meps or got invited to the graduate either. Just trying to get information so I can write him.
Comment by Pollux on September 2, 2014 at 7:30pm

Drews Mom: Is he in Great Lakes? If so, unless you have a military ID to get onto base, there are no "surprises" for obvious security reasons and you will not be to just show up and get onto the base; he would have to sponsor you to get on. Plus, the "A" School grad at Great Lakes are merely a simple ceremony where an instructor hands them each a certificate, pose for a photo, hear a speech, and they're done within 15-20 minutes, some even less than that. It's rare for families to attend the grads as it's more just for the Sailors. You're best bet would be to wait for him to surprise you. :)

Comment by Drews_Mom on August 31, 2014 at 11:35pm

Kinda curious my son told me his classes are 32 working  days and then 5 days for strand so his "graduation" from A School would be at the end of all that? He won't tell me the date cause he thinks he is going to surprise me when he gets home but I was hoping to surprise him at his graduation. And is graduation on a certain day of the week or just when he's done? 

Comment by Christine Proud Son of ET on July 27, 2014 at 6:10pm

Thanks so much Anti M!  I really appreciate the info.  The Navy has great for my son but I have to say that I have benefited as well.  I love being a part of the Navy family. :)

Comment by Anti M on July 27, 2014 at 5:23pm

Thanksgiving has no stand down, only Thursdays is the federal holiday, and Friday is usually "relaxed" liberty (and likely no school).  

The stand down is for two weeks.  Usually begins right before Christmas and ends right after New Years day.  Usually on a Friday or Monday, I;d have to look at a calendar to guess.  It is easy to get the dates wrong, so NEVER book flights until the official dates are released.

IF a sailor has enough leave on the books, it is possible to take leave over both holidays.  Thanksgiving weekend is never assured, only Thanksgiving Day (unless that have duty).  He can put in a leave request, they may well approve it.  Many sailors simply do not have enough time on the books, and want to save a week for after A school.   Those in very long schools can usually manage it.  You have an ET, he likely will have enough leave for all three.  He just needs to sit down and figure out how much he has on the books, how much each leave period would take, and potentially, if he wants leave after C school (big unknown for ETs, C school vary so much).

Comment by Christine Proud Son of ET on July 27, 2014 at 1:49pm

Does anyone know when "holiday stand down" begins.  My son thinks he can come home for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  He is currently in A school/phase 1.  I would love for this to be true but I just can't see how he will be able to do both.  I know he really wants to come home for both holidays.

Comment by Anti M on July 27, 2014 at 9:27am

For Christmas, all the schools have "holiday stand down".  This is two weeks where the students, even those in phase one of liberty, can take leave and fly home (on their own dime).  If they have not earned enough leave, they can borrow forward (up to ten days total).  While on leave, they do not need liberty buddies.  This is the ONLY time in the Navy they are guaranteed to have Christmas leave.


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